Trump demanded DOJ punish CNN for their reporting on his criminal activity
A new report from The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer reveals that President Donald Trump ordered former economic adviser Gary Cohn to put pressure on the Department of Justice to do more to block a proposed merger between AT&T and CNN parent company Time Warner.
According to Mayer, Trump hauled Cohn into the Oval Office in the summer of 2017 and read him the riot act for not doing enough to block the proposed deal.
“I’ve been telling Cohn to get this lawsuit filed and nothing’s happened!” Trump fumed to Cohn. “I’ve mentioned it 50 times. And nothing’s happened. I want to make sure it’s filed. I want that deal blocked!”
The DOJ would subsequently file a lawsuit to block the merger months later, Mayer notes, even though Cohn also apparently disobeyed Trump’s orders to get involved in the deal.
“Don’t you f*cking dare call the Justice Department,” Cohn said, according to Mayer’s reporting. “We are not going to do business that way.”
A former White House official confirms to Mayer that Trump ranted regularly about DOJ inaction over the AT&T-Time Warner merger.
“The President does not understand the nuances of antitrust law or policy,” the official explained. “But he wanted to bring down the hammer.”
White House must lie about Kushner because they are embarrassed by the fact he’s a slimy scumbag who can’t be trusted.
National security reporter Ken Dilanian thinks that the main reason that the White House is lying about Jared Kushner’s recent nepotism example is that they’re all embarrassed.
It was reported this week that President Donald Trump personally asked that his son-in-law be given top security clearance so that he could attend meetings and work on the extensive docket he’s taken over. Both the FBI and CIA had reservations about Kushner’s clearance because his international relationships could put him in a position to be manipulated.
MSNBC host Kasie Hunt asked why the White House all lied about it.
“You can only theorize but why lie? Because it’s embarrassing to have to do that because your son-in-law cannot qualify for a security clearance,” said Dilanian. “The career specialist who looked at Jared Kushner’s application concluded he could not be trusted or should not be trusted with the nation’s secrets and they were overruled.”
He noted that NBC News reported the whistleblower complaint from a staffer who was ordered to dismiss the rules and procedures to authorize Kushner’s clearance.
Those working on the background checks were so “freaked out about this decision; they felt they had to write it down,” noted Hunt.
Former senior GOP adviser reports Trump sees the walls closing in on him
avid Gergen, a former Republican aide to several presidents, observed that President Donald Trump seems to be feeling the walls closing in around him.
During a Sunday CNN panel, Gergen agreed that the president had a stressful week as former “fixer” Michael Cohen’s testimony implicated the president in several crimes and there was no denuclearization deal from North Korea. When it came time for Trump to return to the United States, he relished in the attention of the far-right at the CPAC event.
“I think it’s the man seeing the walls close in,” Gergen said. “But I think underlying that is a view that on his part that maybe he will get through the [Robert] Mueller investigation with a reasonably clean bill of health. Nobody knows for sure yet.”
Gergen turned the conversation back to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and the Judiciary Committee, which will seek documents and information from at least 60 people tied to Trump. It was a committee chair that ultimately found that there was wiretapping going on. From there, the taps led to tapes, and that eventually brought down President Richard Nixon.
“These committees have a long history,” Gergen said. “I think for the Democrats, the challenge is not to overplay their hands. You know, there are a lot of people in this country that say, listen, if Mueller didn’t find anything, why the hell are we going to have more and more investigations? Aren’t you just trying to — isn’t this just a fishing expedition? I think they have to be careful to lay out a persuasive case of why they’re taking — undertaking each one of these investigations.”